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Hoax 9-1-1 call leads to heavy police presence in GI

A hoax 9-1-1 call led to a heavy police presence in Grand Island
A hoax 9-1-1 call led to a heavy police presence in Grand Island(Alicia Naspretto/KSNB)
Published: May. 3, 2021 at 9:05 PM CDT
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GRAND ISLAND, Neb. (KSNB) - Around 7:45 p.m. Monday, the Grand Island Police Department received a 9-1-1 call they said was severe in nature. Although GIPD has not formally revealed the details of the call, GIPD Captain Jim Duering told Local4 the call merited a heavy police response not only from GIPD, but also the Hall County Sheriff’s Office and the Nebraska State Patrol.

Within minutes, GIPD with the assistance of other agencies closed off the 3000 block of 17th Street in Grand Island. Officers could be seen on scene with guns drawn at several moments while the scene was secured.

In less than an hour, police made contact with the woman inside the home in question, and were able to rule the incident as a hoax emergency call, also known as a swatting call. The scene was quickly cleared and deemed safe, but an investigation remains ongoing into the emergency call itself.

Stick with Local4 as we continue to gather more information.

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